Friday, October 31, 2014

Happy Halloween!

It's Halloween, it's not my favorite holiday but the kids enjoy it.  They'll be hopped up on candy for weeks now.  I wish I had a fun Halloween treat for you but sadly I don't.  I've been spending the week on huge projects, all of which you'll see in the next week-10 days.  I've also been busily preparing for the Winter Wonderland Scrapbook Weekend that starts in one week!!!  EEEEK!!!  I'm so excited and I'm planning some really amazing projects.  Check back Monday I'll have something fun to share I'm sure!
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Thursday, October 30, 2014

12 Weeks Til Christmas Countdown: Week 5


Week 5!  I'm really, really loving this set Gentle Peace.  It's a wonderful set to use if you're a fan of Blendabilities.  I'm having a great time, just relaxing and spending some time coloring.  It's actually pretty therapeutic.  I colored this one pretty similar to the last one that I colored here.  I changed a few of the colors but for the most part kept them pretty similar.  So what did I change on this card???  I embossed some vellum with our star embossing folder.  I love this look, it tones down the brightness of the Crushed Curry so that it doesn't distract you from the main image.  I also used my markers to just color a small part of the sentiment.  I love this quick addition. 
But what really makes this card stand out is the glitter!!!  After I colored it I covered the entire image in Versa Mark and embossed it with Iridescent Ice Embossing Powder.  The glitter is amazing!!!  It's so pretty in real life.  Capturing glitter on camera is not easy but you can get a good glimpse of the shine in this picture.  I love the look.  I hope you enjoyed this week on the countdown.

Remember to join me next week for week 6. If you've missed the past weeks click the links below.
Week 3
Week 4
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Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Christmas Cards Round 2


Here's the final two cards from my stamp a stack.  This one is probably my favorite!  The red glimmer paper really sets this card apart and over the top!!!!  I did a card similar to this for a swap a couple months ago.  I LOVED it sooooo much I had to do it for my class!!! 
Finally, the last card.  I really love this card!  The simple embossing in the back really bring the card together I think.  I love to pop of DSP in the Christmas tree is so much fun!!!!  And of course there's a sparkly star on top!!! 
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Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Christmas Cards Round 1


Here are two of the four Christmas cards that we did at my Stamp a Stack.  I had such a good time (as I do at all my classes!) I hope everyone that attended had a good time as well!!!  The first one was pretty simple, lots of embossing though.  I love gold on black!  I think it's so striking and classic!  We used the Newborn King set and embossed it on black.  Added some Gold Bakers Twine, that pretty much finished the card.  Simple and beautiful!!!
The next card is so fun.  EVERY year I have to do a non traditional colored Christmas card.  Sometimes I do more than one, this year it was just one :)  But I love purple and pinks for Christmas!!!  Again this one is really easy, randomly stamp the stars and add a greeting and some ribbon.  Fun and quick!!!!  These are cards that you want to be able to make a ton of in not a lot of time so quick and cute is always the way to go!!!  I have two more to share tomorrow! 
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Monday, October 27, 2014

Tiny Treat Snowflake Boxes


I had my Christmas Card Stamp a Stack over the weekend.  By far this is the biggest class I do all year.  I start planning for this class in August, place a big order for supplies in September and then spend weeks cuttings.  Because of my schedule and the kids schedules I only have a couple hours a day to cut, and 600 cards is a lot to cut for!  You'll see all the cards tomorrow and Wednesday.  Today though I have the treat boxes everyone who attended my class received.  I always like to give small gifts to people for attending my classes.  Saturdays are a busy day no matter who you are, and I'm so grateful for my customers and friends who take a few hours out of their Saturday to come to my classes.  My business truly would not exist if it weren't for my wonderful guests who come every month...you guys are the best!!!  Every class I do a little box, they're normally just filled with candy.  As I'm typing this (a week before my class-how organized am I??!) I don't know what I'll fill these with.  Chocolate I'm sure :) 
This year my Stamp a Stack sold out, with a record number of people.  Last year I cut it off at 20, this year I decided to expand it to 30.  Every single spot was filled.  I was blown away!  I'm so glad that people look forward to this class, because though the prep is a lot of work, it's really my favorite class to prep.  But because I had a huge record number of guests :) I decided to go quick and simple with the boxes this time. 
I used our Tiny Treat Boxes from the Holiday Catalog.  These boxes are so great!!!  You get 25 boxes for less than $7, it's less than $.30 a box!!!!  But that's not even the best part.  The BEST part...they just fold together!  Not a scrap of adhesive, just fold and they practically assemble themselves!  Whooohooo!!!  I stamped them with the snowflakes from Endless Wishes from the Holiday catalog in white ink.  I love white and kraft together!!!  To finish them I added some Lost Lagoon Taffeta Ribbon and Snowflake from the All Is Calm Snowflake Embellishments, both from the Holiday Catalog, they're such cute little charms!  I'll share the cards over the next two days!
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Friday, October 24, 2014

Cat On a Fence


Black cats and full moons, what else says Halloween is almost here?  This card actually came out pretty cute, I wasn't sure while it was coming together, and looking at it now I think I should have put the cat behind the fence and not on top, it kind of looks like it's floating :)  Next time.  Aside from the floating cat, this card is lots of fun.  I especially love the background with the stars and all the night colors.  I was really easy to do too!! 
I started with a piece of Island Indigo cardstock.  Then I punched out some stars, the color doesn't matter.  I used some temporary adhesive to hold them down, then I sponged Island Indigo ink over the entire piece of cardstock.  Then I sponged Night Of Navy over the top half.  Finally I sponged Blackberry Bliss over the very top.  Then I removed my stars.  I used a white gel pen to add some little dots for the farther away stars.  I love the look of the sky :)  Maybe that's why I didn't notice my cat was floating until I was editing the pictures :) 
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Thursday, October 23, 2014

12 Weeks Til Christmas Countdown: Week 4


Week 4!  Can you believe how quickly these weeks are flying by!!!?!  Today's card is another card I just love!  I was inspired by this card by Martha.  I loved how peaceful this card is with just the little polar bear!  I did change mine up a little though.  I really wanted to 'frame' my bear.  I don't know why but I kept thinking of this card and it always had a silver frame.  So I went with it.  I made the frame by cutting a square that was about 3.5x3.5.  Then using my paper cutter I cut another square out of the center of the square.  The smaller square is about 2.5x2.5.  So I was left with a .5 inch frame.  If you have the square framelits you can do the same thing with the framelits.  I've had a hard time convincing myself that I need the square framelits because I can cut a square, I can cut a square out of a square see where I'm stuck :)
Now we have the frame, we need the polar bear.  I fussy cut him out. I know some people don't like to fussy cut, I actually do!  Weird?  Maybe, but I enjoy it! I used some All Is Calm DSP for the background and just cut some random hills for the polar bear.  To finish the card I added a greeting and some sequins.  It's really lovely in person and I think the frame brings everything together.   

Remember to join me next week for week 5. If you've missed the past weeks click the links below.
Week 3
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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Glitter Covered Leaves


Because is there anything better than glitter covered....anything!!?!  Nope I don't believe so.  That's why these gold glitter covered leaves are THE BEST!!!  I saw this card, that was made by Teneale Williams as a wedding card.  As gorgeous as it is, I wanted more of a fall theme to my leaves, so I went with our gold glitter.  The leaves are from the Holiday Catalog, they're the Autumn Wooden Elements.  I love them but as wood I find them hard to add to cards and projects....until now.  I do also want to mention that this card is a 3x6 card.  With the leaves going vertically I wanted a slender tall card.  A while ago SU used to sell envelopes for this size card.  I still have some, that's how I choose my card size.  You could always make a coordinating envelope with the Envelope Punch Board though :)
Back to the leaves, how to get the glitter on the leaves.  Teneale used Tombow to cover her leaves then sprinkle glitter over them.  I wanted to see if our Heat and Stick Powder would work.  So I smooshed my leaf into a Versamark pad then covered it with Heat and Stick.  Then sprinkled the gold glitter over it.  The heat and stick worked, but there were some loose pieces of glitter that didn't adhere as well as I would have liked.  I think next time I will try the Tombow, I think you'll get full, better coverage with Tombow.  To solve my 'loose glitter' problem, which I'll point out wasn't a big deal but I live with an anti-glitter guy, who is of the belief that IF glitter must be used, it MUST be attached so it won't come off and get tracked through the house and eventually end up on him.  {eyeroll}  So, back to my 'loose glitter' problem, I simply covered my leaves with a thin layer of Crystal Effects.  I actually LOVE this so much more than just glitter covered because now it's glitter covered, shiny leaves!  And the glitter, it's not moving! 
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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Blendabilities and Stained Glass


When this set, Gentle Peace, was released it instantly went on my must get list!  Fortunately for me I had to place one last order last week for my Stamp a Stack this weekend which meant I could add it on.  I love the stained glass look.  I don't know if it's because I grew up in a church with huge, beautiful stained glass windows or if I just love the image.  Either way I knew this was a set I had to have!  I also knew that this was a set that I would be coloring with my Blendabilities.  I won't sugar coat this, it took a long time to color, about half of Frozen :)  It took awhile because even though the image as whole is pretty large, each little piece is pretty small I colored every square, rectangle, whatever shape individually which added a lot of time.  But I wanted it to look like a real window. 
If you've ever looked at a stained glass window carefully you know that the way it's all fused together (I really don't know what you call it) makes the light come in and shine differently through each part.  I colored it the way I thought it might look in real life.  For the greeting, it needed something on the front, but the image is so big that any additions would cover up the picture that I spent half of Frozen coloring.  That's why vellum is so great!!!  I embossed the smaller greeting on vellum and wrapped it around, gluing it on the back to hold it in place.  The vellum adds the greeting but doesn't take away or cover too much of the image.  This is such a fun set!  I'll be coloring it lots more!!!
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Monday, October 20, 2014

Scarecrows


Go grab some coffee or whatever you drink in the morning, this post is a loooong one, but worth it so stick around!  My friend and downline Michelle (who does the BEST scrapbooking weekends!!!) hosted a scrapbooking weekend in Raton, NM (northern NM) over the weekend.  She sent me this link via Pintrest and asked if I could make her 15 scarecrows for her weekend.  Of course I jumped on that opportunity!  How often do you get the chance to make 15 scarecrows.....ummmm never???!  I checked out the link, worked up a couple of them and started pulling them together.  They were a little more time consuming than I thought they'd be but once everything was cut and sponged they went together quickly. 
I'll list the punches and what I used each punch for on the bottom.  These guys are not small, they're a good size but soooo cute!!!  He's about 9 inches tall, not counting the legs.  The first model didn't sit up on his own so I needed to create a 'stand' that I could attach to the back.  I don't have a picture of that but I used the cardboard that come in the DSP packages and cut about a 6x1 inch piece folded in half and used that.   
I took pictures in stages with my cell phone, often at night, often after the kids were in bed, often in the living room watching TV with Dan.  They're not the best quality but you get the idea of how they all came together.  The legs are our thin cello bags filled with gumballs, then stapled to the inside back piece.  This stage I think took the longest because I was slightly OCD and the each set of legs had to have the same color of gumball in the same position.  They're all different, but each set of legs match each other.  I hope that makes sense.  But it turned into me dumping bags of gumballs into big bowls so I could find the right color :) 
There were times when I worked in the car, waiting for Logan to get out of school.  I packed up the bodies and arms in a large stamp case and took it with me.  The cases fit everything perfect and the sponging got done quickly.  I'm always one to multi task!   
One of the last steps was the heads. I needed lots of space for the heads to dry so I started utilizing every flat surface I had including the kids Cars table.  My desk was far to cluttered to use and I needed to lay them out, it worked!  Here's all the punches and framelits I used:
Scarecrow
Hat: 3 Inch Circle Die, (retired but you could use the circle framelits) cut in half and use 3/4 inch circle to punch out notch in hat, in Soft Suede.
Brim of hat: 1x4 piece of cardstock with rounded corners in Soft Suede.
Head: 3 Inch Circle Die (retired but you could use the circle framelits) in Crumb Cake.
Eyes: 3/4 Inch Circle Punch in White and 1/2 Inch Circle Punch in Black.
Nose: Christmas Tree Punch in Pumpkin Pie.
Smile: 2 smallest ovals from the Oval Framelits, cut together to create an oval frame in Black.  Cut in half.  1/4 Inch Circle Punch in Black.
Body: Top Note Die in Not Quite Navy.  You need a front and back.  I hand cut the overalls for the front.  Use Top Note for the shirt too with DSP.
Arms: 1x4 piece of DSP, fold over 1/2 inch for the sleeve. 
Shoes: XL Oval in Soft Suede. 
Crow
Body: 1-3/4 Scallop Circle in Black.
Wings: 1-1/4 Scallop Circle in Black.
Eyes: 1/2 Inch Circle in White and 1/4 Inch Circle in Black.
Beak: Heart from the Itty Bitty Accents Punch Pack in Pumpkin Pie.
Feet: Boho Bloosom in Pumpkin Pie.
 
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